News and Social Narrative Coordinator

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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The University of Victoria is one of Victoria's largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

The salary range for this position is:
Recruitment range: $59,529 - $67,002 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $77,817 is available through annual performance increase.

Job Summary

University Communications + Marketing provides strategic leadership and tactical support to assist UVic to realize its vision of being a university of choice for outstanding students, faculty and staff from BC, Canada and around the globe; strengthen its position among the best universities in Canada and the world; and achieve recognition for UVic’s significant contributions toward the betterment of global society. The department ensures that UVic’s communications and marketing initiatives are aligned with the needs of the university’s most significant target audiences, and focused on what makes UVic distinct.

Communications + Marketing leads the development and promotion of a consistent institutional narrative, a compelling and strategic long-term positioning for UVic, and an institutional communications and marketing plan aimed at promoting UVic’s interests in the competition for students, faculty, staff, financial support and institutional reputation.

With the direct guidance of the university’s Executive Council, the department works with academic and administrative units as partners, to make the most effective use of university resources to advance unit and institutional priorities. Communications + Marketing is organized into six highly collaborative teams arranged around its main areas of responsibility: Media Relations and Public Affairs, Strategic Marketing, Internet Strategies, Creative Development, Internal Communications and Publications, and Administrative Support.

Reporting to the Manager, University Internet Strategies, the News and Narrative Coordinator will work with the Ring editor and the Coordinator, Web Design and Development to fulfill two of the strategic mandates of University Communications + Marketing:

With the Ring editor, this position willbe responsible for supporting the development of strategic and reputation-based university stories in the UVic News Management System, This involves the research and development of new stories, and rewriting and/or supplementing existing stories appropriate to each medium (especially writing for the web), Other duties will include support of the Ring editor in the regular ongoing production of The Ring, and may include the research and development of new stories, maintenance of the UVic News website, social media, etc. The position also entails involvement in and contributions to the campus communications and engagement strategy under the direction of the manager of internal communications and publications.

With the Coordinator, Web Design and Development, responsibilities include directing all campus units on the correct use of the university web template to ensure a common look and feel and basic accessibility; advising units with respect to consistent site planning, design elements (photography, iconography, etc.), interaction, content strategy, content management, and other elements of the implementation of websites as effective communications and marketing tools; coordinating central resources on behalf of unit website projects; providing support to University Communications + Marketing for central web sites and service as required; and participating in the creative and strategic direction for projects and initiatives that are reflective of emerging trends in internet communications.

During the term of this position, responsibilities will specifically include contributions to the redevelopment of the central website, including specific research and recommendations regarding Search Engine Optimization and website accessibility.

Job Requirements

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Communications (or related degree), with Computer Science experience or experience in a related field and four years of experience in internet technologies development and customer service.

Experience requirements include:
project management
Cascade CMS
Popular social media platforms
HTML/XHTML, CSS, web program scripting
Complex content management systems and related technical infrastructure

Equivalent combinations of training, education and/or experience may be considered.

Competencies include:
Ability to motivate creative and technical staff
Excellent interpersonal and promotional skills
Demonstrated analytical skills
Ability to make decisions quickly and appropriately
Excellent time management skills and an ability to prioritize workload, shifting attention among dynamic tasks and priorities in an environment with multiple competing client issues
Strong written (web and print), oral communications and presentation skills
Proficient in MS Office products and project management documentation

Preferences include:
Experience with Search Engine Optimization and website accessibility
Experience with enewsletters
Experience gained in a post-secondary or similarly complex, large and unionized organization
Established news writing portfolio

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
Additional Information
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